State Fire Marshal Offers UCO Forensic Science Students Real World Perspective in New Class

Oklahoma State Fire Marshall Robert Doke brings his years of arson investigation experience to the University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute this spring.

March 5, 2014

Media Contact: Sydney Monday, Intern, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121. smonday2@uco.edu

STATE FIRE MARSHAL OFFERS UCO FORENSIC SCIENCE STUDENTS REAL WORLD PERSPECTIVE IN NEW CLASS

Oklahoma State Fire Marshal Robert Doke investigates more than his fair share of arsons.  He brings that experience to the classroom at the University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, offering students a valuable opportunity to learn from the top fire investigator in the state.

“The Forensic Science Institute has always emphasized the importance of an experienced faculty.  That is what sets our program apart from the many other forensic science academic programs in the country,” said Dwight Adams, Ph.D., director of the W. Roger Webb Forensic Institute.

“Mr. Doke, as the State of Oklahoma Fire Marshal, brings to our students the very best in forensic arson investigation experience.”

Because UCO is located in the Oklahoma City metro, students often have opportunities to learn from professionals working at top levels in their field.

Calling Central, a “pinnacle of forensic education,” Doke said he feels lucky to have resources and experts who reside here in Oklahoma to further educate his students.

“Every class starts at the end of a disaster such as a fire, the students rebuild the scene as much as possible. This assists in determining the area of origin, point of origin, and what components came together to start the fire,” said Doke.

The class teaches students how to construct a fire scene and collect proper evidence, how to document these findings and how to interview witnesses. Ultimately, students learn how to use forensic techniques to identify the causes of fires.

Doke, a native of the Amber Pocasset area, served at the Chickasha Fire Department for 24 years, ending his time there in 1999 as Fire Chief. Doke was named the State Fire Marshal in 2000, where he enforces fire law and educates the public on fire safety.

For more information about UCO’s Forensic Science Institute, visit http://www.uco.edu/forensics.

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Cutline: Oklahoma State Fire Marshall Robert Doke brings his years of arson investigation experience to the University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute this spring.